Shepparton United coach Marc Quarrell says no-one's position is safe ahead of the preliminary final this weekend after the Demons' loss to Kyabram.By Marc McGowan
Shepparton United coach Marc Quarrell warned none of his players’ positions were safe ahead of their preliminary final showdown with Shepparton Swans on Sunday.
Quarrell said even veteran forward Matt Forys, who had a dirty day that ended in defence, was not a certain starter.
Tom Sheldon dominated Forys in the opening half and Quarrell tried moving the latter to a deep forward position away from the Kyabram star to spark him, but to no avail.
‘‘Put it this way, it will certainly be looked at and looked at hard,’’ Quarrell said of potential team changes.
‘‘There were some performances out there that probably don’t warrant a prelim final.
‘‘Who says (Forys) is going to play? When it gets to this time of year, regardless of who you are, you’ve got to play good footy. That’s the way it’s got to be.’’
United’s much-maligned midfield copped a hammering, but Quarrell stood by his engine room as it prepared to face the Swans’ deep on-ball brigade.
Former skipper Tyson Sidebottom’s best-on-ground showing for the Swans at the weekend was a stark reminder of what the Demons no longer have.
‘‘When you get down to the last three, they’re strong everywhere — forwards, backs and mids,’’ Quarrell said.
‘‘We don’t fear that. We just have to get ourselves up.
‘‘We think we had a bad day. We’re not saying Ky had a day out — they were very good and play that footy all the time — but we think we had a very ordinary day.’’
Brodie A’Vard, Sidebottom and Jamason Daniels were three players who caught Quarrell’s eye in the Swans’ seven-point win over Benalla on Saturday.
‘‘I thought Benalla was going to come out and get on top in that second half, but, to the Swans’ credit, they had a lot more run left than Benalla did,’’ he said.
‘‘You’re a bloody good side if you’re still in the comp at this time of the year. We’re going to have to be at our best to beat them.’’
Kyabram coach David Williams said he would endeavour to organise a training run on Saturday for his side on Deakin Reserve, the venue of the grand final.
Williams said they would train next weekend regardless of if that wish was granted.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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